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Elia Eliev, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator 

SSHRC Insight Development Grant


Dr. Elia Eliev (he/them) is a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow in South African Art and Visual Culture at the University of Johannesburg, funded by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). From 2018-2022, Eliev held the position of Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Thorneloe University at Laurentian (Canada), located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. 


Dr. Eliev received a PhD from the Institute of Gender and Feminist Studies at the University of Ottawa, where they were a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship. Eliev also holds an MA in Critical, Curatorial, Cybermedia (CCC) from the Haute Ecole d’art et de design, Genève (HES-SO), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) from the University of Ottawa. Eliev’s teaching and research interests include: contemporary art, queer of color theory, queer of color critique, critical race art history, masculinity studies, postcolonial and decolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies in the Global South (in particular in Lebanon and South Africa). Their scholarly work has appeared in Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research and Kritische Berichte.


Dr. Eliev conducted international field research at the Johannesburg Contemporary Art Foundation (2021), Norval Foundation (2021), Zeitz MOCAA (2021, 2019), Johannesburg Art Gallery (2019), the Akkasah Center for Photography, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sharjah Art Foundation (2019, 2014-2015). Moreover, Eliev has visited Lebanon numerous times (2012, 2014, 2015, 2018) to conduct fieldwork. Eliev has presented original single-authored papers at the annual conferences of the College Art Association (CAA), the Universities Art Association in Canada (UAAC), and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).


​Dr. Eliev has held fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Insight Development Grant), Canada Council for the Arts, and the Fondation Alma & Baxter Ricard. Over the past years, Dr. Eliev has worked with art institutions such as the National Art Gallery of Canada, the Contemporary Museum of Canadian Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chile, and the Tampereen Taidemuseo in Finland. They also collaborated on curatorial projects with the Musée des Beaux-arts de Lausanne and Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève. 


Photo © Elia Eliev, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 2019


Principal Investigator,
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Development Grant (2022-2023)


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in South African Art and Visual Culture,

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg (2021-2022)


​Research Affiliate, Queer Asia Collective, (2019-2021)


Visiting Scholar, Akkasah: Center for Photography,

New York University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2019)


Research Affiliate, CCC Pre-Doctorate/PhD

CCC Programme, HEAD – Genève, Haute école d'art et de design  (2011-2013)


Articles (Peer-Reviewed Journals)

Eliev, E. (2021). "UnDisclosing Queernesss in Al-ilka al hamra." Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research 6 (3): 387-401.


Eliev, E. (2016). "Uneasy Acts: Queer Readings of Zaatari's 'Hashem El Madani Project’." Kritische Berichte, edited by Änne Söll and Linda Hentschel, 44(4): 95-105.

Exhibition Catalogues

Eliev, E., A. Thézé and D. Gaudry (2014). Continuums: Ariane Thézé. Lyon, Rizhome.

Eliev, E. (2012). Anyse Ducharme: Arti/fiction Realities. Sudbury, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario.


Sessions Chaired


Queering (Post)Apartheid: Visual Culture in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Hilton Québec, October 24-27.

Zanele Muholi, Queer Visualities: African Perspectives, Other Perspectives Conference, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, February 28-March 1.



Co-Chair. Methodologies for the Contemporary Art of Global Asias. College Art Association Congress, Los Angeles, February 21-24 (Chair, Andrea D. Fitzpatrick).



Marking the Territory: Shifting Face of Masculinities in Lebanon. Presented at the Gender and Feminism: New Interdisciplinary Perspective, Geneva University of Art and Design, May 27. 



Don’t Hold Back: Reverberating Queer Visual Productions. Presented at the Pre-Doctorate/PhD Seminar Session 3: Queer Inventions in Academic Disciplines, Daily Life, and Self-Governmentality; Transformations in Gender Enunciation, Geneva University of Art & Design, January 18.



Re-Defining / Re-Mapping Queer Identities, 41st Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Hilton Montreal, Quebec, April 10.

Conference Presentations


“My Eyes Speak the Truth:” Non-Binary Visibility in Khansa“Khayef,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference: The Poetics, Politics, and Praxis of Transnational Feminisms, The View from Queer: Gender Expression in Visual Culture of Global Souths Panel, Hilton Minneapolis, November 12-15. (Cancelled due to COVID-19).


Translucent Bodies, Queer Masculinities: Lebanon, Diversities of the Arab World: Gender and Sexuality, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas and the School of Government and Social Sciences of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, 19-25 November. 

Hidden Voices, Queer Bodies: Speaking Within Metaphors in ‘Majnounak,’ 2nd International Symposium on Men and Masculinities, Istanbul Şişli Nazim Hikmet Kültürve Sanat Merkezi, September 12-14.


Queer à la libanaise: Opaque Expressions in Akram Zaatari’s “Shou Bhebbak,” Queer Visualities: African Perspectives, Other Perspectives Conference, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, February 28-March 1.


LGBTQ Issues NOW: Lebanon, The Mediterranean Research Group, Gender Issues in Mediterranean Countries Panel, University of Ottawa, February 2.


Queer (In-)Visibilities: An Exploration of Arab Queer Visualities in Akram Zaatari’s “How I Love You,”Universities Art Association of Canada Conference – Not In, But Not Out: Negotiating Spaces of Queer Practices in Visual Arts Panel, Banff, Alberta, October 12-15.


Uneasy Acts: Queer Readings of Zaatari’s ‘Hashem El Madani Project,’ 2nd International Symposium of Men and Masculinities, Initiative for Critical Studies in Masculinities, Izmir, Turkey, September 8-10. (Conference cancelled due to political unrest)


(Dis)Identifying Queerness in the Arab World: An Overview of Akram Zaatari’s Lens-Based Artworks, College Art Association Congress, Global Queer Art Panel, New York City Hilton Midtown, February 15-18.


Staging the (Queer) Stage: Hashem El Madani’s Studio Practices, Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Docufictions in the Contemporary Art of the Middle East Panel, NASCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) University, Halifax, November 5-7.


My Lovestory: Metaphors of Queer Desires and Love in Zaatari’s ‘Crazy for You,’ Unruly Bodies: Gender/Norms/Resistance Conference – Corpoqueer Practices Panel, Belgian Network for Gender Studies, Brussels, October 29-30.


Excavating Hidden Desires: A Postqueer Reading of Akram Zaatari’s Visual Production, Hypervisibility III – Beyond the Closet: Coming-Out Narratives in Transnational Visual Cultures, University of Ottawa, December 8-9.


Reverberating Post-Queer Cultural Tunisian Productions: An Analysis of ‘The String,’ Universities Art Association of Canada Conference – Performativity Under Fire: Embodiment in Contemporary Middle Eastern Art Panel, Concordia University, Montreal, November 1-3.


The Politics of Location Revisited, 8th European Feminist Research Conference, Central European University, Department of Gender Studies and AtGender: European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation, May 17-20.



Straight Up, Now Tell Me, 4th Annual International Asian Cultural Studies Association Conference, The Visual Imagination: Across Boundaries, Graduate School of English, Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand, November 1- 3.


(Re)Dislocating the Queer Territory: In the Era of Hyper-Artificial (Re)Production, Northeast Popular Culture and American Culture Association, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, Queens, New York City, October 23- 24.


Hide and (Go) Seek: The Representation of Gay Masculinities in Avant-Guard Performance Art, Hypervisibility II: Homosexualities in Contemporary Francophone Visual Cultures Conference, University of Stirling, June 25 – 27.

Thorneloe University

Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Assistant Professor)


Introduction to Gender and Feminist Studies (taught in French) (2011-2021)

Critical Sexuality Studies (2017-2021)

Rethinking Masculinities (2017)

Global Queer Cinema (2019-2020)

Feminist Theories (online and on-campus) (2017-2020)

Female Sexualities (online) (2010-2019)

Women as Visual Artists I: A Women's Art History (online) (2019-2021)

Women as Visual Artists II: Contemporary Art and Contemporary Issues (online) (2019-2021)

Women and Popular Culture (2020)

Gender Issues in Education (2021)

Directed Reading and Research Seminar (2020)

Independent Study Project: Abject Performances (2019-2020)

Directed Study: Women’s Voices, Other Perspectives in Screenwriting (2019-2020)

University of Ottawa

Department of Visual Arts & Art History (Part-Time Professor)

Art and Gender (2020)

Special Topics: Global Perspectives on Queer Contemporary Art (Graduate Seminar) (2021)

Laurentian University

Department of Sociology (Sessional Instructor)

Feminist Studies in Humanities (taught in French) (2014)

Concordia University

Faculty of Fine Arts (Sessional Instructor)

Special Topics in Fine Arts: Sexual Representation in the Visual Arts (2017)

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